As winter is knocking at our doors, here’s a top 10 list of our favorite activities and good moments we spent in Montreal during this summer of 2017.
1 – Canada Formula 1 Grand Prix (June 11, 2017)
Romain and I took part in this event for the second time already (first time being in 2015). It’s not just a race… People from all around the world, including the Jet Set come to Montreal with one goal, get the most out of the 72 hours they will spend here! It all starts with Montrealers and tourists spending the whole week of the Grand Prix in the city enjoying its unique atmosphere by going to restaurants, clubs and bars. Crescent Street and the Little Italy become the hosts of great collection cars. A unique experience for any car lovers!
2 – Francofolies Shows (From June 8 to 18, 2017)
Since 1989, FrancoFolies Shows have been the true reflection of a thriving French-speaking world of music! Located in downtown Montreal, the Quartier des spectacles is the city’s cultural heart. Nearly 70 indoor shows and 180 free outdoor concerts add to the effervescent quality, diversity and energy of a music-rich, fun-filled program! Romain and I went to see the concert of the French band Tryo.
3 – Romain’s 26th birthday (June 20, 2017)
For Romain’s 26th birthday we celebrated at 3 Amigos with a couple of friends. This restaurant is a must in Montreal if you want to enjoy burritos, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas or any other Mexican and Tex-Mex specialties at reasonable prices.
4 – Quebec National Day (June 24, 2017)
Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day or Quebec National Day is a holiday celebrated on June 24 in the province of Quebec and by the French community across Canada and the United States. It was brought to Canada by French settlers celebrating the traditional feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Romain and I went to publicly financed events organized by the city of Montreal.
5 – Canada Day (July 1, 2017)
Canada Day is the national day of Canada. For its 150th anniversary, this year, the celebrations took place throughout the entire country, as well as in various locations around the world, attended by Canadians living abroad.
6 – International Jazz Festival (From June 28 to July 8, 2017)
Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records. The Festival has been synonymous with a passion for music for over three decades. The Festival hosts some 30 countries, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 1,000 concerts and activities with two-thirds of them free, in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages, welcoming more than 2 million visitors to the city, from noon to midnight! Montreal downtown is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz! My husband and I went to 2 free concerts: “Coeur de Pirate” and “Walk off the earth”. An amazing experience we would recommend to everyone!
7 – International Fireworks competition (From July 1 to August 5, 2017)
International Loto Québec is a fireworks competition held twice a week in Montreal throughout the month of July. During this event, the different countries take turns to prove their expertise in fireworks, which offers beautiful shows repeatedly. Countries like the USA, Italy, Germany, France, China and of course Canada compete with each other for the title. The authorities close the Jacques Cartier Bridge a few hours before the start of the fireworks. So, you can watch the fireworks from the bridge and also enjoy the magnificent view of Montreal. If you want to visit Montreal, do not miss this luminous event!
8 – Noel des baigneurs (July 23, 2017)
Christmas was atypically celebrated in July at Jean-Doré beach! The event happened July 23 on the beautiful island of Jean-Drapeau. My husband and I have put some magic in our summer in addition to enjoying the entertainment specially designed for this festive day: Christmas choir, meeting with Santa Claus, introduction to canoeing and kayaking with Parks Canada, sandcastle competition, inflatable Christmas games, FM Rhythm animation, team attendance prizes and Christmas music to put you in the mood…
9 – The Old Canadian Pacific Train (August 13, 2017)
For Canada’s 150th anniversary, Montreal invited communities to come together and celebrate. Just as the railway used to connect Canada, this special event reconnected all generations through shared stories of the country’s past, acknowledging heroes and leaders of today and building optimism for the future. From the Old Port, Romain and I admired this iconic diesel locomotive CP 1401 which is a part of Canada’s heritage.
10- Rooftop Pool Party (September 17, 2017)
To enjoy the last days of the Indian Summer, Romain and I received some friends at our apartment for a rooftop pool party. This concluded very nicely the summer of 2017 in Montreal!
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